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October 2010


From Wild WebMink

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Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

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Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

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Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

links for 2010-10-28

Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

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Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Computational Complexity

Do conference build community? (joint post)

(Joint Post by Daniel Apon and Bill Gasarch. Does doing joint posts build community?)

In GASARCH's post on Will there be a 50th CCC He mentioned that conferences help to build community. One of the comments challenged that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Chart Editor in Google Docs

New Chart Editor in Google Docs

Google Docs has jsust added a new chart editor.  I have not tried the original, but it looks good.  No where near as sophisiticated as many of the business intelligence capabilities out there, or even Excel, but has a few chart…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

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Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

links for 2010-10-28

Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

links for 2010-10-28

Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

links for 2010-10-28

Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Putting People First

Digital-savvy shoppers drive change in retail

Digital-savvy shoppers drive change in retail

Jonathan Birchall reports in the Financial Times on the challenges of creating a single customer experience both online and in stores: “Shoppers equipped with smartphones can now use tools from the online world in-store. They…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

links for 2010-10-28

Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2010-10-28

links for 2010-10-28

Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Putting People First

Meet the 20-cent

Meet the 20-cent

CNN has an interview up with Nigel Waller, the CEO of Movirtu Limited and the man behind their Cloud Phone, writes Core77. Waller dropped the surprising statistic that worldwide there are one billion people who use cell phones–but…


From Wild WebMink

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Tantric TSA: The art of foreplay "I wondered what government official in what dark alley dreamed up this groping to protect the public?" At some point our elected representatives will get a clue and say on our behalf that it's…


From Schneier on Security

New Orleans Scrapping Surveillance Cameras

New Orleans Scrapping Surveillance Cameras

They're not worth it:

In seven years, New Orleans' crime camera program has yielded six indictments: three for crimes caught on video and three for bribes and kickbacks a vendor is accused of paying a former city official to…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

An Exploratory Computer Science Course

An Exploratory Computer Science Course

One of the great things I get to do these days is to participate in advisory boards for Programming and Web Development programs at some local career/technical high schools. The other night is was at Greater Lowell Tech and they…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IPhone App Detects Snoring Patterns

IPhone App Detects Snoring Patterns

Another example of Smartphone App as biometric sensor.  Have been following these closely.  Not sure how well this particular App works,  but I like the idea.  Consider a broad range of biometric analyses done through phones…


From Schneier on Security

FBI Bugging Embassies in 1940

FBI Bugging Embassies in 1940

Old -- but recently released -- document discussing the bugging of the Russian embassy in 1940. The document also mentions bugging the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, and Japan.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sweet Spots in Quantity Discounts

Sweet Spots in Quantity Discounts

In Knowledge@Wharton, they discuss quantity discounts in stores like Costco, where big and multipacks rule.  I have been a Costco member for years, but always wondered about how the 'discounts' given really helped the consumer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cool Business Intelligence

Cool Business Intelligence

From the upcoming TDWI World BI conference: Cool BI: Outlook, BI Search  by Cindi HowsonIf you think BI tools have become a commodity, think again. If you think you can tick along with your current BI tool standard, never to…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Top Ten Technology Trends for the Future

Top Ten Technology Trends for the Future

Carrie Gates of CA Labs gave a talk at this past weekend's Ontario Celebration of Women in Computing: "Technology Trends for the Future, and Their Implications."  After explaining how hard it is to come up with a Top Ten list…


From Wild WebMink

ForgeRock: Announcing OpenIDM

ForgeRock: Announcing OpenIDM

You’ll recall that we started ForgeRock near the start of 2010 to provide continuity for customers of Sun’s enterprise identity middleware products and from that to establish a new ISV creating an identity-oriented application…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Find My Phone

Find My Phone

A website that helps you find your phone.  Guess how ...  Precious.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crime Prediction Software

Crime Prediction Software

Shades of a movie I saw a while back: " ... Soon, people will be able to discover criminals long before they do any harm, with the help of new crime prediction software that was developed by Richard Berk, a professor at the University…


From Schneier on Security

Firesheep

Firesheep

Firesheep is a new Firefox plugin that makes it easy for you to hijack other people's social network connections. Basically, Facebook authenticates clients with cookies. If someone is using a public WiFi connection, the cookies…


From Wild WebMink

DRM Is Toxic To Culture

DRM Is Toxic To Culture

It’s possible that you think that unauthorised use of copyrighted music, films and books is such a serious problem that it’s worth giving away a little of your convenience and freedom in exchange for stopping it. I’d like to…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge

Imagine Cup 2011 IT Challenge

Imagine Cup 2011 is the premier student technology competition. Inspired by the UN Millennium Development Goals, Imagine Cup encourages students to help


From Wild WebMink

Compliance

Compliance

My essay on open source license compliance for end users is now available in the essays section.